Staying Put celebrated its fifth birthday with 115 members, volunteers and friends at a recent party in Morrill Hall in St. Mark's Church.

The audience was entertained by magician Ryan Oakes, who recruited several Staying Put members from the audience to "perform," as well as a few junior volunteers. Additionally, young members of National Charity Association served as waitresses.

Staying Put President Tom Ferguson thanked members, staff and volunteers for their many contributions and expressed special appreciation to retiring board members Rosemary Ogden, Kit Deveraux and Bob Witt.

New board members were also recognized: Peggy Jay, Sue Scannell, Priscilla Thomas and Cynnie Yates. Jay is a board member of the New Canaan Beautification League and of Canaan Parish housing, a commissioned Stephen Minister of the First Presbyterian Church and honorary chair of the Allan Jay Memorial Tennis Tournament. Scannell is on the boards of the New Canaan Sewing Group and AAUW, a member of the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps and a Eucharistic minister at St. Aloysius, where she is also a substitute teacher. Thomas was a preschool teacher for 10 years, and prior to moving to New Canaan, was an active volunteer in Greenwich Public Schools, Greenwich Hospital Hospice, the Junior League and Old Greenwich Garden Club. Yates, a New Canaan resident since 1971, has been volunteering for Staying Put for the past two years and is a volunteer driver. She has also volunteered at New Canaan Cares and held various sports leadership positions at the Country Club of New Canaan.

Ferguson also announced that as of early January, Staying Put was approaching the halfway mark toward the annual appeal goal of $250,000, noting that more than 25 percent are members and more than 25 percent are new donors.

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"The continuing growth in support, both in dollars and donors, is a clear sign that Staying Put has become recognized as an essential part of our community," he said.

Staying Put's mission is to help seniors remain safe and happy in their homes as long as possible by offering a variety of resources. These include many services performed by volunteers, such as providing rides to appointments, helping members with shopping or errands, visiting the homebound and giving technical advice and assistance with computers and cellphones. For other services, such as home maintenance and health-care services, Staying Put provides a vetted list of resources at specially negotiated prices. Staying Put also plans multiple monthly events and activities both social and cultural, to keep members engaged and in touch with the community.

For information, call 203-966-7762.